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The bipartite and multipartite proverbs

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Bipartite proverbs consist of two clauses: when a proverb contains two independent clauses, it is termed a "proverb with coordination", and when it contains one independent and one subordinate clause, it is termed a "proverb with subordination" In comparison to demotic monopartite proverbs, the range of omnipresent- related verb forms that are employed in the independent clauses of demotic bipartite proverbs is smaller. The tense and mood of the subordinate clauses used in bipartite proverbs and associated with the types of main clause vary depending upon the tense and mood of the main clause. Greek independent clauses in a bipartite structure are combined with a wide range of subordinate clauses that describe an action or a state that occurs in logical relation to the action or state described in the main clause. Demotic bipartite and multipartite proverbs employ more connecting words than do monopartite proverbs.

Keywords: bipartite proverb; clauses; connecting words; mono particle proverb; multipartite proverbs; omnipresent- related verb



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